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How To Solder Copper Pipe

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Soldering
Soldering copper pipe
Aaron Stickley
Use the end of the solder wire to test the heat of the copper and keep testing if it doesn’t melt. Once it starts to melt and draw in move the heat away toward the bottom of the fitting to avoid overheating. Apply heat back and forth around the fitting and follow it with solder overlapping it all the way around the joint.

The solder should flow smoothly when the fitting is hot enough. Once you have a nice ring of solder all the way around the joint pull the heat and solder away and shut the torch off.

Note: Too much solder can be a bad thing. Just make sure there is solder all the way around the fitting and then inspect.

Tip: Putting a bend in the end of the solder will make getting all the way around the fitting easier.

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